Professional Printmaking Program


Self Help Graphics & Art’s (SHG) acclaimed Professional Printmaking Program (PPP) offers artists with various experiences the opportunity to create fine art limited edition prints and monoprints through a peer-led approach that is dedicated to providing an environment that nurtures and supports artists’ creativity and careers. A foundation of the organization, the PPP has produced over 1,000 editions of silkscreen prints by an ever-growing number of local and visiting artists.

SHG conducts one to two atelier projects yearly, each ranging in theme and content, by a guest artist/curator, who then selects 5-7 participating artists. The curator’s proposal is reviewed and approved by the Director of Artistic Programs and Education and the Artists Advisory Committee. Each artist has the opportunity to work side by side with SHG’s Master Printer at SHG’s fully equipped printmaking studios. Artists are free to use traditional painting techniques and to experiment with text, digital, or photo manipulation. Each edition is printed on archival paper, receives SHG’s studio chop, and is certified in accordance with professional printmaking standards.

As is the tradition of the program, each artist receives 50% of their edition and all artist proofs. A portion of the remaining prints is distributed among SHG’s archive at UC Santa Barbara as well as among a number of national institutions, which house SHG’s collection including the National Mexican Museum of Art in Chicago and the University of Notre Dame. The remaining prints are placed into inventory and sold to the public with proceeds that help sustain the program.

It is our philosophy to view the entire process as an exchange. The artist has the opportunity to create a first quality print (serigraph, intaglio, relief) edition free of charge, and SHG receives a share of the edition for programming and fundraising. It is also important to note that print exhibitions created through this program reach diverse local, national, and international audiences, furthering the exposure and impact of the artist’s work.

As one of the most recognized Latino printmaking centers in America, SHG is committed to taking more innovative approaches in everything it does. Since 2012, SHG has been dedicated to working with artists in exploring the juxtaposition of traditional and non-traditional printmaking processes, as well as to the development of content that is at once culturally relevant and investigative. As is our tradition and mission, emerging artists will be central in helping us experiment in each atelier.

Artist from the first ateliers reviewing sketches, 1983

Artist from the first ateliers reviewing sketches, 1983

Tanya "NenaSoulFly" Melendez creating film positives, 2012

Tanya "NenaSoulFly" Melendez creating film positives, 2012

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